Published On: December 19, 2020 09:00 AM NPT By: Agencies

Top 5 tips for healthy winter skin

Top 5 tips for healthy winter skin

Cold, dry air can leave your skin itchy, red, and irritated. Combat dry winter skin with these tips for retaining your skin's natural moisture.

1. Moisturize frequently, especially your hands

Maintain healthy skin by moisturizing after washing up. "It's best to use a cream or ointment in the winter. Lotions are better in warmer, humid climates. And don't forget your hands. Hand-washing, is vital, especially during cold and flu season. But be careful about constant washing as it will cause the hands to take a beating. Applying a hand cream after each washing can help. It is recommended wearing waterproof gloves when washing dishes or cleaning around the house.

2. Apply sunscreen — even on gray winter days

It’s just as important to be applying sunscreen in the harsh winter weather as it is in the summer. And don’t be fooled by darker, dreary days in winter, either. The sun’s harmful UV rays can permeate clouds and still cause damage. Before you go outside, apply a moisturizing, broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher to all exposed areas of your body.

3. Wear appropriate, comfortable, nonirritating clothing

Many cold-weather fabrics can aggravate dry winter skin. Keep wool and rough clothing from directly touching your skin. This can cause dry skin to get irritated and itchy. Instead, wear light layers made from soft, breathable materials directly against your skin, and then pull on your heavier, warmer sweaters. Be sure to protect your hands from cold winter air with gloves or mittens, remembering to choose a pair that won’t irritate your skin. If you prefer wool gloves, put on cotton or silk glove liners first.

4. Remember to eat right and stay hydrated

Sometimes when skin is very dry, it can be helped by foods or supplements that contain omega-3 or omega-6 fatty acids, such as fish oil and flaxseed oil. For the most part, however, it is important to help the skin moisturize from the outside.

5. Change out of wet clothes quickly to avoid itchy skin

Wearing wet clothes and shoes can further irritate your skin and cause itchiness. If gloves, socks, and pants become wet, be sure to remove them as soon as possible.

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